MANILA- The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured the public Monday that it is ready to respond to possible retaliation efforts of local terror group Abu Sayyaf following the death of one of its leaders.
This after a DNA test confirmed the death of Abu Dar, the supposed emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.
Police General Oscar Albayalde said the PNP continues to receive intelligence reports on possible retaliation efforts of the terror group but assured the public that the police force has not monitored any terror threat this Holy Week.
“We’re not taking any chances here. We’ll be deploying more than 91,000 of our people in different places of convergence especially sa mga malalaking simbahan or pinupuntahan ng worshippers natin, churchgoers natin para magdasal,” he told reporters Monday.
Albayalde also assured the public that the double bomb attack that rocked the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo last January would not happen again as police intensified security measures.
The attack left at least 22 people dead and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order the military to "destroy" the Islamic State-inspired terrorists in the restive south.
-report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News